As the 2023 US Open draws near, tennis fans are eagerly awaiting the fate of world number one Novak Djokovic's participation in the last major of the season.
Scheduled to begin on August 28 at Flushing Meadows, the USTA has expressed optimism that the Serbian star will be able to compete at the 2023 US Open despite his unvaccinated status. Djokovic's stance on vaccination has previously resulted in the 35-year-old missing out on major tournaments such as the 2022 US Open, and Miami Open, and Indian Wells in 2022, but also this year.
The top-ranked player has been vocal about his opposition to mandatory vaccinations and has maintained his stance even if it means forgoing tournament opportunities. USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier recently communicated the organization's hopefulness regarding Djokovic's entry to the United States for the US Open.
He clarified that while the USTA does not enforce COVID-19 restrictions on players, fans, or other attendees, the decision to admit the Serbian champion ultimately lies with the White House. The USTA’s Chris Widmaier communicated with The Associated Press, stating:
"Policies concerning access to the United States are determined by the White House. We are very hopeful that the policy preventing Novak Djokovic from entering the United States will be rescinded, or lapse, in the near future."
Despite the obstacles Djokovic has faced due to his vaccination status, his potential presence at the 2023 US Open would undoubtedly be a significant draw for both fans and fellow competitors. The USTA remains hopeful that the policies barring the Serbian star's entry to the United States will be lifted or expire in the coming months.
"No COVID-19 restrictions are in place at the U.S. Open for any player, fan or other attendee. Novak, one of our sport’s great champions, would be welcome to compete at the 2023 U.S. Open."